Botswana safari vacation

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Botswana safari vacation

Environment

The campsites that we use on our safaris are known as Wilderness sites, this means that they are pristine areas that are set aside for our use. We bring everything with us to set up the camp and once we leave the site, there is no trace of us being there. No permanent structures or dustbins, we carry everything we need with us and dispose of any rubbish correctly upon returning to base. We invest heavily in special transportable water filtration units which allows us to offer filtered water to our guests throughout the safari, this cuts down on an average of 300 plastic bottles per trip!

In order to stop human-wildlife conflict, the company did something very simple, they bought doors for huts in Khwai village! Most villagers only had curtains, which don't keep out the wildlife. This is an ongoing project.
They also back environmental education, by their guides going into local schools to raise awareness about wildlife, and also offering short safari trips for local kids. These are having a great impact on awareness of the young people in the Okavango region.

Carbon Offsetting: The tour operator is a multi-award winning responsible travel company. Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on vacation. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation

Community

The company offering the trip works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveler wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.

They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible.

The Botswanan company has always backed the local communities with things such as solar lamps, a school bus so the kids don't have to walk to school through wildlife areas, and teen mother projects. Pre-school education is also given backing, as Caroline Mazunga now teaches about 20 kids at the Kavimba pre-school under a tree at her house!

The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travelers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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